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Welcome to the web home for Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The podcast all about past and present advances in agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences, our show features timely interviews with our authors about research in these fields.

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Sep 16, 2022

“Proactive Approach to Minimize Lithium Pollution” with Dr. Alex Chow

Lithium is a chemical element that has recently gained much attention for its use in rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles and electronics. However, with recycling and re-use programs still in their infancy, there is a growing concern about potential lithium pollution. This episode, as part of our two-part miniseries on the Clean Water Act, Dr. Alex Chow discusses how we can learn from our past pollution mistakes and have a pro-active approach with this new potential pollutant. Don’t forget to listen to the end of the show for our student spotlight.

Tune in to learn:

  • How lithium is used today
  • How lithium pollution can affect our environment
  • Proactive ways to combat lithium pollution
  • What future research needs still exist

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